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Nominations for 2022 Awards Are Open!
National Awards Program
Through our 15 national awards, and Fellow and Presidential Field Forester awards, SAF celebrates and honors scientists, researchers, educators, innovators, leaders, communicators, field foresters, employers, local SAF units, and others that have made significant impact on forestry in the United States and internationally.
To view available awards, scroll down and visit the specific award page for descriptions.
Nominations are due March 15.
If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations will be accepted the next business day.
2021 Wall of Honor
2020 Wall of Honor
How to Submit Your Nomination
All National Awards, Fellows, and Presidential Field Forester nominations will be submitted through our online awards portal. To get started, click on the Awards Portal button below and follow the instructions and prompts.
Nominations are due by March 15 at 11:59pm Hawaii time.
If you have any questions, please email
One of the highest honors for members of the Society, the rank of Fellow is an exceptional recognition bestowed on a member by his or her peers for outstanding contributions and service to the SAF and the profession.
Forest Science and Technology Awards
Award in Forest Science
The Award in Forest Science recognizes distinguished individual research in any branch of the quantitative, managerial, and/or social sciences that has resulted in substantial advances in forestry.
Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science
The Barrington Moore Memorial Award recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry.
Technology Transfer Award
The Technology Transfer Award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of technology transfer, implementation and extension.
Outstanding Forestry Journalism Award
The Outstanding Forestry Journalism Award recognizes high quality journalistic coverage of topics that increase the American public's understanding of forestry and natural resources.
W. D. Hagenstein Communicator Award
The Hagenstein Communicator Award recognizes an SAF member who leads innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and programs that increase the general public's understanding of forestry and natural resources.
Diversity Leadership Award
The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes outstanding individual achievement leading to innovative and exemplary diversity and inclusion efforts.
Outstanding Local Unit Achievement Award
The Outstanding Local Unit Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a local unit for sustained leadership or a special project benefiting SAF, the forestry profession, and the practice of forestry.
Employer Leadership Award
The Employer Leadership Award recognizes an employer that demonstrates leadership through consistent support of employee participation in SAF and broad engagement in the profession.
Student Leadership Award
The Student Leadership Award recognizes individual student achievement and leadership at the local, regional, or national level.
Professional Development Awards
Carl Alwin Schenck Award
The Carl Alwin Schenck Award recognizes devotion and demonstrated outstanding performance in the field of forestry education.
Gifford Pinchot Medal
The Gifford Pinchot Medal recognizes outstanding contributions by a forestry professional in the administration, practice, and professional development of North American Forestry.
The Honorary Membership Award recognizes individuals whose contributions to forestry are viewed as outstanding by their peers.
John A. Beale Memorial Award
The John A. Beale Memorial Award recognizes outstanding efforts over a sustained period of time by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to the Society.
Sir William Schlich Memorial Award
The Sir William Schlich Memorial Award recognizes broad and outstanding contributions to the field of forestry with emphasis on, but not limited to, policy and national or international activities.
Young Forester Leadership Award
The Young Forester Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society.
Presidential Field Forester Awards
The Presidential Field Forester Awards recognize foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive management strategies.The awards are presented to individuals who have displayed uncommon talent, skill, and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.
Outstanding SAF Student Chapter Award
The Outstanding SAF Student Chapter Award recognizes the outstanding SAF student chapter in the nation and its faculty representative during an academic year. Three student chapters are recognized annually during the SAF National Convention. The first place student chapter will receive a $500 honorarium. All three student chapters will be recognized in
The Forestry Source
. The school's department head and/or dean, the university president, and the SAF faculty representative will receive notification of the award.